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The Myth of Japan’s Shuten Dōji

Today we shall travel to the wonderfully dark world of vampire myth and legend, to a Japanese tale of a bloodthirsty beast named Shuten Dōji (Drunken Boy). While the creature of this story isn’t technically a vampire, he has a vampiric taste for blood that would rival that of any undead. According to Asian legend,…

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Haunting Butterflies of Death

When one pictures a vampire, a fearsome being of death, they do not imagine a butterfly beautifully fluttering through the wind. That’s just absurd, right? Well, amazingly enough, many years ago when superstition ruled, people did pictures horrific vampires when seeing a butterfly. Since even ancient times, the butterfly has been a creature associated with…

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Archaeologists Discover Vampire Skeletons in Bulgaria

At one point in history the belief in vampires was very much real and alive. People lived in great fear of the undead and precautions were taken to prevent a corpse from returning as a vampire. Common methods throughout Europe included staking the corpse with a certain type of metal or wood, placing a fish…

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The Power of a Vampire After Death

The wonderfully varied and unique history of vampires has always fascinated me and I am consistently amazed by what people long before me once believed. One such belief was what happened after a vampire was destroyed. Hundreds of years ago, when the belief in vampires was very real, people thought that not only did a…

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The Fearsome Bosnian Lampir

The history of vampires is incredibly vast and stretches across every country on the globe. Everyone has their own, sometimes bizarre, vampire myths and legends. Folktales that have existed for hundreds of years are still remembered today among those who love the historical world of vampires. I am one of those people who adore the…

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Vampires Prey on Terrified Malawi Villagers

At one point in history virtually everyone feared vampires, but then times changed and science and logic beat out superstition – vampires were no longer feared. That being said, you wouldn’t think that today, in our modern world, that entire villagers would be deathly afraid of the undead, right? Well, according to articles I stumbled…

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Fact and Fiction Collide in ‘Lost Tapes: Vampire’

Thanks to the awesomeness that is Netflix I finally caught the vampire episode of Animal Planet’s Lost Tapes. The show is an odd combination of both fact and fiction, it’s both a mockumentary and documentary that explores the world of cryptozoology. Lost Tapes features episodes about beasties like the Chupacabra, Bigfoot, werewolves, aliens and much…

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Archeologists Discover Vampire Skeletons in Ireland

Hundreds of years ago when the fear of vampire was very real, a common belief in many countries was that vampires not only fed on blood, but that they also spread the plague. At the time villagers took an assortment of precautions to keep vampires from terrorizing them, everything from putting a brick in a…

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The Aswang Phenomenon

I absolutely love vampire history and folklore, so when I heard of the upcoming film titled The Aswang Phenomenon I let out a little squeal of joy. The Filipino aswang is one of my many favorite vampire species because it has such a rich history. There are so many different versions of the aswang myth…

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A Nod to Vampirologists

There is a growing terminology that my word processor never likes and continues to remind me of its dislike with angry red squiggly lines. These words include, but are not limited to ‘vampirology,’ ‘vampirologist,’ ‘werewolfology,’ and ‘werewolfologist.’ It prefers words like Parapsychologist or Cryptozoologist, but those words do not reflect the meaning I am searching…

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The Chewing Dead: The Vampire’s Heritage

In 1679, a theologian named Philip Rorh, published a 24-page work entitled Dissertatio Historico-Philosophica de Masticatione Mortuorum (also known by the shorter title de Masticatione Mortuorum) or The Chewing of The Dead. Rohr was located in the Holy Roman Empire (composed of what are now Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, as well as…

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Saints Cosmas and Damian

You may be wondering why on earth I’d be speaking of saints on a vampire website, well, believe it or not but these two actually play a role in vampire history. Cosmos and Damian (also known Cosmas and Damian) are twin brothers and saints of the Christian Church, particularly the Eastern Orthodox church. While the…

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